How to turn concrete into gold
Learn how silicon mold making and concrete casting molds can make you money while having fun & developing creativity.
Thankyou for your interest in silicon mold making and casting. Our company has been involved with molds and casting for over 20 years and feel we are qualified to commence passing on the knowledge we have learned the hard way over that period.
The fact that you are reading this article shows that you are possibly as keen as we are, in putting these new silicon mold making and casting materials to work for you. You may have some concept that would work if only you could produce multiple items at a low cost. Perhaps a carving, sculpture or a garden statue that would make you money if only you knew how to reproduce it.
It takes something out of the ordinary to get me excited, but I must tell you the mold making and casting products we are receiving lately just get better and better. For thousands of years we have relied on some form of plaster to make mold and cast. Not any more, the silicons and polyurethanes are here to stay. New products keep arriving and more importantly the prices keep getting lower and lower.
The big thing as far as I’m concerned, is that silicon mold making and casting is made for Australian conditions. It’s a natural. With our small population we more often than not cannot afford the high tooling costs involved in getting some projects off the ground. If it looks like costing you $50,000 to $100,000 in having tooling machined to make your new gadget, it is more often than not a case of – “That was a great idea but…..” and another good saleable idea dies stillborn.
Firstly the cost of the raw material is low and getting lower all the time, while your selling prices are high in comparison, as they have nothing to do with your raw material costs. The selling price is determined by the beautiful pot you have made not the few cents you paid for the plaster or concrete to make it. Casting can make you a lot of money providing you master the few simple techniques required and work with materials that have been tested and proven to be suitable for the task at hand.
second most important reason for a successful money making venture
with silicon mold making and casting is in the nature of the process.
Unlike most craft projects you do not have to start from scratch every
time you make an item. Unlike a wood carver, you make a mold of your
original and then put some material into the mold, which reproduces
your original – like magic! You do not have to keep on going through
the time consuming process of making your original over and over again.
The mold does it for you.
You can work at your own pace and set your own hours. You can work at home completely independently of others. You can use your own designs often modelled on what you see around you and you can make them yourself. Anything you can model in clay, wax or wood can be your starting point.
A silicon mold making and casting business can be started with very little money. Starting small has many advantages. Firstly it gives you the opportunity to gain experience while you try various ideas and products. All the while you are building up a basic business kit and the necessary skills. Don’t jump in without experience.
You can operate from anywhere, thus cutting rent costs in the early stages. City or country it doesn’t matter. Some of our most successful customers are not located in cities. For instance a plaster or concrete casting business has great advantages in country areas. The product is heavy and difficult to ship from the city. A local manufacturer using concrete casting molds has many advantages. The plastic concrete casting molds are also relatively cheap to purchase. As your production increases and grows you can purchase more concrete casting molds. A wide range is available here.
If you have enquired previously about silicon mold making, casting or concrete casting molds you will already know how little printed material there is on the subject, and what there is, is hopelessly out of date. There simply does not seem to be anywhere to acquire the necessary knowledge. Fortunately we have the necessary experience in this area to be of help to you. Over the past 20 years we have helped set up and train literally hundreds of very successful Hobby Ceramic Studios around NSW.
Using the knowledge and expertise we have gained over all these years we have moved on to what has grown out of our existing business and has to be, we believe, the greatest potential growth area for small business, silicon mold making and casting. For the first time, we can give you most of the answers and materials we have used and tested on how to reproduce practically any plastic or simulated metal article, figuring or sculpture at a price that will enable you to make big profit margins.
The list is endless but to suggest but a few; wall plaques, garden pots, paperweights, figurines, sculpture of all kinds, concrete garden pavers with concrete casting molds, plastic parts of all kinds, resin fridge magnets, resin cabachons and jewellery, theatre props, rubber stamps, low temperature metal castings such as pewter, architectural mouldings, doll house parts, model railroad parts, garden edging, fountains, garden ornaments, soap, wax shapes, decorations, candles, giftware, fishing lures, fashion jewellery, chess sets and boards and so on – ad infinitum.
To help you get started in the exciting business of silicon mold making and casting, we are compiling a “Tech Tips” section on our website filled with articles and how to do facts, explaining what you need to know about mold manufacturing and casting materials and how to use them. It contains articles on how to make latex, silicone and polyurethane molds and lists the casting materials available and at the click of a button takes you to the appropriate place to easily purchase an item from our range. Our store can be directly accessed here.
Aldax distributes a wide range of liquid mold rubbers and casting gypsums and resins. The materials create flexible molds suitable for almost any application. Mold making and casting accessories, release agents, books/videos/DVDs make it easy to get all you need from a single source. We also have a wide range of ready made plastic molds, latex molds and concrete casting molds.
Whether you need a rubber or plastic to spray, brush or pour for applications such as plaster casting, concrete casting molds, architectural restoration, prop production, sculpture, décor reproduction, candle or soap making think ALDAX. Our free technical support, product literature and online catalogue will help get you started.
A quiet revolution is occurring in the decorative use of concrete. You have seen the new uses for concrete in the shopping malls and commercial sites. Shops now feature walls of concrete wall cladding and attractive new style floors. Gone are the days of plain old boring grey concrete. It has always been our finest and strongest structural material, now it is becoming a prima donna of style.
Unlike many overseas companies offering start up packages costing up to $70,000 & over we continue to offer the chance for a raw beginner to put a low risk tentative toe in the water of business opportunity, with low priced simple to understand starter kits costing only a hundred dollars or so.
We suggest the ideal way to start in the field of decorative concrete is to purchase one of our kits. They contain all the materials necessary except the cement and sand which can be obtained locally to save freight costs.
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